Nestlé Philippines has linked arms with the National Water Resources Board (NWRB), the Philippines’ leading agency on water concerns, to drive water conservation in the country. The partnership kicked off recently with the roll-out within NWRB of Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), an initiative which aims to raise the consciousness of participants on the importance of water and its availability.
An environmental education program developed by the University of Montana and supported by Nestlé Waters, Project WET seeks to promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids.
Project WET shares with attendees the concept that water connects all living things, and stresses the importance of the water cycle. The project also promotes an understanding of the difficulty of treating wastewater and converting it into drinking water. By the end of each workshop, attendees learn how to use the educators’ guide to facilitate water education among various audiences.
Following the Project WET roll-out, a planning workshop was conducted among the different divisions of NWRB. Plans identified for future implementation include the strict monitoring of water use; maintaining good working relationships with local government units, stakeholders and other government agencies; and initiating an effective information campaign on water issues.
Speaking on the value Project WET, the NWRB’s Ms. Dalisay Barilio said, “I will personally apply the insights from the workshop at home and in the office, as we should lead efforts at water conservation.”
The water initiative is led by Nestlé Philippines Corporate Affairs Executive Jess Reyes with the support of the company’s Safety, Health and Environment team.